Anxiety is a natural human emotion that triggers the basic instinct of “flight or fight” in a perceived threatening situation. Anxiety becomes a problem when it’s triggered in a non-threatening situation. The physical symptoms of anxiety are intense and extreme. Negative and irrational thoughts only add to the intensity of the symptoms.
What You Need To Know About Anxiety
Anxiety is a fear-based emotion that has an intense physical reaction attached to it. Everyone experiences anxiety because it comes from fear which is an instinctual response to danger. When you are in perceived danger your body will go into a “fight or flight” mode. There are times when you need to run like hell to keep yourself safe and then there are times when you need to feel the fear and move through it.
The difference between fear and anxiety is, fear is based on a real perceived threat to your life. Anxiety, on the other hand, is when you take a general situation and overanalyze it to death with all the negatives things that could happen. You obsess about little things until it feels like there really is a perceived threat.
When anxiety continues over a period of time you will start to exaggerate a situation out of proportion to the point where it’s not even applicable to the situation or outcome. Logic is not the best tool to help you identify if your anxiety is applicable, appropriate or exaggerated.
The more you question your anxiety the worse it can get by triggering your self-doubt and your self-perception. Your self-perception affects your self-esteem and your self-confidence too.
The problem is you can get really good about obsessing over little things and making them into something big. So, good in fact, that you train yourself to think that way and so the anxiety is more constant and becomes more intense over time. This leads to panic attacks.
Panic attacks are a severe and overwhelming experience that happens very quickly without any warnings. The reason for the panic attack can be a real situation or something that has been blown out of proportion in a persons mind.
What Are The Signs of Anxiety?
- Shortness of breath
- Tightening of the chest
- Panic attacks
- Feeling worried and preoccupied
- Increase in heart rate
- Feeling dizzy or nauseous
- Tremors in your hands
- Shaky feelings throughout your body
- Emotions out of control
- Feeling exhausted
- Feeling emotional
- Insomnia and Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of focus
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Stomach pains
- Concentrate issues
Anxiety can affect your personality because you will find you tend to withdraw from social scenes, become negative in your thought patterns, feel worried and stressed a lot. When your feel sick and anxious at the thought of attending a social event it is known as Social Anxiety. It’s not fun for you and it’s not fun for people around you either.
If anxiety is left untreated it will only grow stronger. These feelings are trying to teach you something. You need to stop and slow down so you can learn what it’s really about for you. If you don’t have an answer then your anxiety is more than likely coming from your unconscious mind where all your past memories are stored.
Your unconscious mind’s job is to repress memories you were not able to deal with on an emotional level at the time, and then present the memories back to you when it thinks you’re ready to deal with it.
The memories come back to you by attracting new situations that are similar to past situations that caused emotional issues for you. The memories can come back by something triggering them like a song you heard back around that time or a name or seeing someone in the street that triggers memories from your past. It can also be triggered by past traumas too.
Anxiety is not always about your past. You can experience anxiety from witnessing horrific life events and traumas. No matter how intense your feelings are or how long you’ve had anxiety for, we can get rid of it.
Anxiety is a program your mind is running for you automatically. You don’t have to think about being anxious or work out the steps you need to take to feel anxiety, it just happens to you.
We can easily install a new program with hypnotherapy so you can do anxiety differently. You don’t want to delete your emotions you just want to change them so they are not overpowering you. Hypnotherapy for anxiety is fast, effective and you will know straight away if anxiety is gone or not.
Feelings can become very intense. It doesn’t mean they have a basis on which they can grow from. That means just because you feel anxious it doesn’t mean you have a reason to feel that way. This is when you know it’s getting out of control. When there’s no particular reason for you to feel anxious but you feel it anyway. Another way to know if your anxiety is out of control is if it’s stopping you from doing certain things in your life.
I’ve had clients with anxiety who wouldn’t have a relationship, wouldn’t go out to social events, wouldn’t go work or go to the shopping center all because of anxious feelings. If anxiety is stopping you from doing things in your life you really want to get it checked out as soon as you can so you can start living again.
When anxiety gets out of hand it can lead to more specific types of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Disorders in general effect the persons mindset with the limiting self-talk that keeps them stuck. The negative self-talk, the beliefs that they convince themselves of all impact what the persons potential can be.
In general, anxiety disorders keep your mindset negative and keep you looking for more problems to justify the anxious and nervous feelings you’re feeling. The thoughts trigger the feelings, which triggers the anxiety and the cycle continues on and on.
Anxiety is not a disorder you need to have, it can be changed. If it’s stopping you from doing things and you feel like you’re losing control then you need to get some help now. It makes you hypersensitive and allows you to react to situations irrationally. It can create a whole other range of issues for you so it’s better to deal with the issue at hand and start looking for the right solution.
When people get help for anxiety disorders they usually see a doctor first and are prescribed anti-depressant types of medication. Medication can help some people with leveling out moods so a person feels more balanced. It can stop the physical reactions involved too.
The problem is there are many side effects to medication so if it helps you with one thing it can cause another problem somewhere else. For example, some medications affect a man’s ability to get an erection and can affect a woman’s sex drive too. It can impact people’s weight, energy and sleeping patterns.
After medication’s been prescribed, the doctor will refer you to a psychologist for up to 12 sessions where you will go through a process called CBT, Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In this process, you will be asked to journal about your feelings and experiences and to debate your irrational beliefs and to find alternative ways to deal with situations.
I don’t like this therapy. No offense to people who love it, use it or teach it. My therapy of choice is clinical hypnotherapy and NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming.
The reason is, most people don’t know why they feel the way they feel or why they do the things they do. That means it’s unconscious. If the problems are you are experiencing can’t be put into words them your problems are of an unconscious nature.
There’s no point trying to rationalize what you are doing or feeling because you have already done that in your head thousands of times but it doesn’t change anything.
Nothing changes because you need to go back to the place where this strategy was created and you need to change it back there. Clinical hypnotherapy helps you get to information that’s been stored in your mind for years. All the answers you will ever need in your lifetime are already stored in your unconscious mind, it’s just a matter of accessing that part of your mind.
When you seek anxiety treatment just make sure the therapist is focused on resolving anxiety and not just maintaining it. There are no answers in obsessing with negative “what if’s” or carrying out rituals to avoid the possibility of feeling anxious.
Anxiety is just an emotion and it can be changed, it can be reprogrammed to work differently for you. Gaining control of your mindset and your thoughts will help you calm your mind and create a feeling of inner peace. Mindfulness and self-hypnosis can help you slow down your mind, slow down your thinking, slow down your body and so you can feel calm.
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